Sydney Cup 2024

Ladbrokes Tip: The Chairman’s Handicap has produced more Sydney Cup winners than any other lead-up race.

The Sydney Cup is one of four Group 1 Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival features held on Day 2 of The Championships at Royal Randwick Racecourse on the second Saturday in April each season.

2022 Sydney Cup Winner Knights Order

2022 Sydney Cup winner Knights Order. Photo: Steve Hart.

The meeting’s headline race is also the The Championship’s richest – the Group 1 $5 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m). The Sydney Cup is another lucrative clash offering a total of $2 million in prize money including $1.2 million to the Sydney Cup winner.

In 2020 the Sydney Cup prize money was reduced to $1 million with $580,000 for the winner due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but returned to $2 million for the 2021 edition.

Run over 3200m the two mile classic is held over the same distance as the ‘race that stops a nation’ – the Group 1 Melbourne Cup at Flemington on the first Tuesday of November in the spring. Stayers in the Sydney Cup field face off under handicap conditions with the lowest handicap weight being 50kgs, or 48kgs for the three-year-olds. Winners of the Chipping Norton Stakes and Tancred Stakes (formerly The BMW) are exempt from Sydney Cup ballot.

The traditional lead-up to the Sydney Cup is the Group 2 Chairman’s Handicap (2600m) run the previous Saturday and that also offers a ballot and penalty exemption for the Group 1 back at the track the following weekend.

The last horse to complete the Chairman’s Handicap – Sydney Cup double was the Gai Waterhouse-trained The Offer (2014).

The 2024 Sydney Cup takes place at Royal Randwick on Saturday April 13, 2024 as part of Day 2 of ‘The Championships’. 

2024 Sydney Cup Odds

The Sydney Cup 2024 betting odds will be published below as soon as markets on the Group 1 two mile classic are open.

Early market betting odds on the 2024 Sydney Cup will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit ladbrokes.com.au.

Sydney Cup Race Info

  • Date: Saturday April 13, 2024
  • Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 3200m
  • Conditions: Handicap
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $2 million
  • First Run: 1862

2024 Sydney Cup Results

The 2024 Sydney Cup results and finishing order will be confirmed on Saturday April 13, 2024 and announced below as soon as available.

  • 1st: TBD
  • 2nd: TBD
  • 3rd: TBD

Sydney Cup Betting

Sydney Cup betting is led each year by the best performing stayers in the Chairman’s Handicap held only seven days earlier on Day 1 of The Championships.

Horses that ran in the first four in their lead-up runs have a top record in the classic and so always feature highly up the Sydney Cup odds as do gallopers with proven two mile form.

Only four Sydney Cup winners since 1983 have come off a lead-up run outside of Sydney with the former Kiwi-trained mare Etah James (2020) having run fourth in the Auckland Cup across the Tasman, the UK raider Polarisation (2017), Adelaide Cup winner Gallic (2007), and Mr. Prudent (2001) who ran third in a Melbourne Group 3 at Caulfield.

Sydney Cup favourites have a solid record in the race over the past decade with six saluting for the punters from 2005 – 2023 most recently The Offer (2014).

Older gallopers also run well in the race with six seven-year-old winners including Etah James (2020) and Knights Order (2022), one eight-year-old veteran and Who Shot The Barman (2018) winning at nine years of age from 2006 – 2020.

2023 Sydney Cup winner Explosive Jack

2023 Sydney Cup winner Explosive Jack was excellent posting his first win since a Derby double back in 2021. Photo: Steve Hart.

There was a notable upset in 2021 with Selino saluting at 25/1 to hand trainer Chris Waller a fifth win in the two-mile classic.

In 2023 there was another upset with Explosive Jack winning at Sydney Cup odds of $26. He defeated fellow roughies True Marvel ($151) and the previous year’s champ Knights Order ($16) in a lucrative Sydney Cup trifecta.

Sydney Cup Field

The Sydney Cup race field attracts the season’s best stayers coming out of the Chairman’s Handicap the previous weekend also held at Randwick.

The Chairman’s Handicap has produced more Sydney Cup winners than any other lead-up race with The Offer (2014) the latest to do the double. Knights Order (2nd in 2022) was the last Sydney Cup winner to come out of the Chairman’s on the quick back-up.

Earlier, Rosehill’s Group 3 Sky High Stakes (2000m) held in March can be a solid Sydney Cup lead-up but Country Tyrone (2006) was the last to do the double.

The Group 3 NE Manion Cup (2400m) at Rosehill on Golden Slipper Day is another early Sydney Cup lead-up with The Offer (2014) the last to win both races in the same year.

Victorian gallopers meanwhile may have a lead-up into the Sydney Cup field via the Listed Mornington Cup (2400m) in late March.

Sydney Cup nominations close on a Tuesday in early February before first acceptances are taken a month later.

The final Sydney Cup field of acceptors and barrier draw are then out on the Tuesday before the race and often attracts horses that have previous two mile form in races like the Adelaide Cup in March and the spring’s iconic Melbourne Cup.

2024 Sydney Cup Field

The Sydney Cup 2024 field and barrier draw will be announced by Racing NSW on the Tuesday leading-up to race day and published in full below.

2024 Sydney Cup Nominations

The 2024 Sydney Cup nominations close on Tuesday the 13th of February, 2024. 

The Sydney Cup 2024 nominations attracted 97 autumn stayers including Soulcombe who was runner-up in last year’s Melbourne Cup results, his stablemate Sheraz who placed third in the same iconic two mile showdown, and Ciaron Maher’s defending champion Explosive Jack who hasn’t raced since (at time of publish).

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 x04778x93x ALAKAHAN (IRE) G 8 Ciaron Maher
2 5x34315x6x ALMANIA (IRE) G 8 Kris Lees 85
3 00x951542x AMADE (IRE) G 10 Phillip Stokes
4 42x128412x APULIA C 3 Ben, Will & JD Hayes
5 0x77114x0x ARAPAHO (FR) G 7 Bjorn Baker 112
6 2410x7624x ASHRUN (FR) G 8 Ciaron Maher
7 91040x379x ASTERIX (NZ) G 5 Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott
8 Px9911872x ATHABASCAN (FR) G 5 John O’Shea 99
9 315232674x BOIS D’ARGENT (GB) G 7 Annabel Neasham
10 6x143x275x BUCKAROO (GB) H 5 Chris Waller 107
11 8x0990x5Fx CADRE DU NOIR (USA) G 8 Ciaron Maher 96
12 119535x70x CANBERRA LEGEND (IRE) H 4 Chris Waller 89
13 966231775x CASUAL CONNECTION (NZ) G 5 John Sargent 69
14 13x3x13x1x CHUCK NATE (JPN) G 6 Noriyuki Hori
15 31x2343x CIRCLE OF FIRE (GB) H 4 Ciaron Maher
16 1x515x CITY OF LIGHTS M 4 Joseph Pride
17 6x0x00745x DAQIANSWEET JUNIOR (NZ) G 6 Phillip Stokes
18 4x1242315x DASHO LENNIE (GB) H 4 Ciaron Maher
19 16x2x00x9x DAWN PATROL (IRE) G 7 Kris Lees 100
20 1x2x5x238x DENMARK (GB) H 4 Chris Waller
21 340x46319x DIONYSUS (NZ) G 6 Roger James & Robert Wellwood
22 7x32x DIVUS ROMULUS (IRE) G 4 Nick Ryan
23 111191x21x DUNKEL (NZ) G 4 Patrick Payne
24 111x360x1x EARL OF TYRONE (IRE) G 6 Ciaron Maher 103
25 23x7067x0x ENTENTE G 7 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 99
26 125x40x8x ETNA ROSSO (IRE) H 4 Chris Waller 72
27 500x77201x EXPLOSIVE JACK (NZ) G 6 Ciaron Maher 108
28 536157221x FEARENTLESS M 5 Paul Preusker
29 970451252x FIERCE FLIGHT G 5 Mark Walker
30 94340x700x FULL OF SINCERITY (NZ) G 4 Andrew Forsman 82
31 24x753533x GAN TEORAINN (IRE) M 4 Chris Waller
32 x65x63543x GARACHICO (GB) G 5 Dominic Sutton
33 83x242111x GLENTANEOUS (IRE) G 6 Anthony & Sam Freedman
34 570x41350x GOLD TRIP (FR) H 7 Ciaron Maher
35 154x0x GOLDENSTATEWARRIOR (IRE) G 4 Ciaron Maher
36 33x44111x HAARACAINE (IRE) H 4 Nick Ryan
37 621x30x21x INFER (NZ) G 4 Graeme & Deborah Rogerson
38 6061x1110x JUST FINE (IRE) G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
39 3x3L73310x KALAPOUR (IRE) G 7 Kris Lees
40 168x07188x KING KIKAU G 5 Wayne Wilkes 63
41 8663x0007x KNIGHTS ORDER (IRE) G 9 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
42 x322162x3x LADIES MAN (NZ) G 6 Allan Sharrock
43 21263x101x LENSMAN G 5 Wayne Wilkes
44 32x335112x LITTLE MIX M 5 Annabel Neasham 96
45 22x11x2x7x LOFT (GER) G 6 Ben, Will & JD Hayes
46 095910x44x MAHAMEDEIS G 9 Nick Ryan
47 x528451x0x MAHRAJAAN (USA) G 6 Shaune Ritchie & Colm Murray
48 421x02609x MAJOR BEEL (NZ) G 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 98
49 860x800x8x MANZOICE G 4 Chris Waller 98
50 10140x431x MARK TWAIN (NZ) G 4 Roger James & Robert Wellwood
51 000800698x MARSABIT (IRE) G 6 Danny Williams 67
52 2x9061613x MEHZEBEEN (NZ) M 4 Mark Walker
53 310×4 MICKIO G 3 Ben, Will & JD Hayes
54 x92014101x MILITARY MISSION (IRE) G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 108
55 7x1231x52x MONBAHER (IRE) G 6 Matt Cumani
56 65x728x50x MORE FELONS (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller
57 033236145x MOSTLY CLOUDY (IRE) G 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 93
58 520x11257x MOUNTAIN GUEST M 4 John Sargent 72
59 x900x1116x MURAMASA G 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
60 x03911200x NEST EGG (NZ) G 5 Stephen Marsh
61 808021110x NORMANDY BRIDGE (FR) G 6 Ciaron Maher
62 55164x243x OLYMPIC THEATRE (GB) G 6 Richard & Will Freedman 68
63 866x76851x OWEN COUNTY G 4 Brad Widdup 63
64 8x0482672x PARRY SOUND G 8 Sara Ryan 92
65 73363x033x PIRAEUS G 4 Richard & Will Freedman 66
66 74x331891x POPTRONIC (GB) M 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
67 364185x57x PORT GUILLAUME (FR) G 7 Ben, Will & JD Hayes
68 331x09791x POST IMPRESSIONIST (IRE) G 5 William Haggas
69 20x004072x RAGING BULL G 5 Mark Minervini 86
70 3038x212x RATTLE AND HUM (IRE) G 4 Michael Freedman 66
71 55x7x97x9x RONDINO G 6 Gregory Hickman 80
72 20567x154x ROYAL PATRONAGE (FR) H 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
73 x1x44x414x RULING (GER) G 6 Ciaron Maher
74 08x000651x SELINO (GB) G 8 Chris Waller 104
75 076x69550x SENOR TOBA G 6 Caspar Fownes
76 129x24305x SERPENTINE (IRE) G 7 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 99
77 14x90x366x SHARP ’N’ SMART (NZ) G 4 Graeme & Deborah Rogerson
78 295x08083x SHERAZ (FR) G 7 Chris Waller
79 90x704037x SIR LUCAN (IRE) G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
80 343159x44x SKY OUT (IRE) G 6 Ciaron Maher 75
81 0200x7059x SO DAZZLING (NZ) M 4 John Sargent 90
82 682x14372x SOULCOMBE (GB) G 5 Chris Waller
83 523122141x SPERANZOSO (GB) G 5 Clayton Douglas
84 x65233220x SPIRIT RIDGE (GB) G 9 Annabel Neasham
85 2x11Px11Px STERN IDOL (IRE) G 7 Ciaron Maher
86 x09840194x STOCKMAN (NZ) G 7 Joseph Pride 105
87 6833x7121x STROKE OF LUCK G 4 John O’Shea 101
88 1x T O ROYAL (JPN) H 6 Inao Okada
89 23x944321x TELL THE FUTURE G 4 Ross McConville 58
90 x00042352x TORRENS H 7 Marc Chevalier 97
91 x41592211x TRUST IN YOU (NZ) G 5 Bruce Wallace & Grant Cooksley
92 1x9523204x UNITED NATIONS (IRE) G 5 Ciaron Maher
93 3x22521x UP AND UNDER (FR) H 4 Chris Waller 79
94 x0x094139x VERONA (NZ) M 5 Ciaron Maher 89
95 4566x6513x WILSHIRE BOULEVARD M 5 John Sargent 60
96 6x5746111x YANKEE HUSSEL M 4 Kris Lees 81
97 x53168605x ZEGALO (IRE) G 7 Mike Cattell 65

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2024 Sydney Cup First Acceptances

Sydney Cup first acceptances are taken in early March a month after the original nominations and about four weeks out from race day.

The 2024 Sydney Cup first acceptances close at 12:00pm (local Sydney time) on Tuesday the 12th of March, 2024. 

Sydney Cup Tips

Sydney Cup tips favour proven stayers with good lead-up form at Randwick or Rosehill, especially those that ran well in the previous weekend’s Chairman’s Handicap.

Horses carrying between 52kg and 55.5kg also make for a top Sydney Cup tip with only two winners since 2000 carrying more than that to victory with Gallic (56kg in 2007), and Mourayan (58kg in 2013).

Three-year-olds have poor form in the race with just two wins since 1983 most recently Tie The Knot (1998) for his first, while the last mare to win was Jessicabeel (2010).

2024 Sydney Cup Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive Sydney Cup 2024 betting tips and exotic selections on the two mile autumn classic will be detailed below the week of the race so stay tuned for the stayers to back and sack in this year’s Sydney Cup trifecta.

  • To Win: TBD

Sydney Cup Form Guide

The Sydney Cup form guide gives punters all the information they need pre-betting including the trainers, jockeys, weights and barriers for all the horses in the field.

Looking at the Sydney Cup lead-up form is important with gallopers that finished top four in their final lead-up runs dominating the race, while the Chairman’s Handicap is the best form line for the two mile showdown.

Trainer Chris Waller has prepared five Sydney Cup winners in the past decade with Stand To Gain (2011), Grand Marshal (2015), Who Shot Thebarman (2018), Shraaoh (2019), and Selino (2021).

Jim Cassidy is the leading Sydney Cup jockey with three winning rides to date including on the Chris Waller-trained 40/1 roughie Grand Marshal (2015).

The 2022 Sydney Cup form was franked with Knights Order coming back that spring to place third in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m).

Sydney Cup Form Facts

  • The only Sydney Cup winners to finish worse than fourth in their lead-up run since 2006 are Stand To Gain (2011) and Explosive Jack (Tancred Stakes 10th in 2023).
  • Only five mares have beaten the boys in the Sydney Cup results in the past 30 years most recently Etah James (2020) and Jessicabeel (2010) a decade apart.
  • Five-year-olds won seven of the editions of the Sydney Cup from 2011 – 2023 most recently Explosive Jack (2023).
  • In the years from 2008 – 2023 five favourites in Sydney Cup betting saluted for the punters.
  • The longest priced Sydney Cup winners in the past 30 years were Just A Dancer ($41 in 1991) and Grand Marshal ($41 in 2015).
  • Barrier eight has produced the most Sydney Cup winners (since 1983) with 10.

2024 Sydney Cup Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Sydney Cup 2024 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

Sydney Cup Records

Below we take a look at some of the Sydney Cup race records like what horse has run the fastest time in the Sydney Cup.

Sydney Cup Race Record: Apollo Eleven (1973) and Just A Dancer (1991) currently co-hold the Sydney Cup winning time record of 3:19.90.

Heaviest Weight Carried to Victory (since 1970): My Good Man (60kg in 1978)

Lightest Weight Carried to Victory (since 1970): Palace Revolt (48.5kg in 1989)

Sydney Cup Results

Sydney Cup race results in the past 10 years have been dominated by the favourites.

The longest priced Sydney Cup winners in that time however were Explosive Jack ($26 in 2023), Selino ($26 in 2021), Grand Marshall ($41 in 2015), and Stand To Gain ($21 in 2011) so upsets are also not uncommon.

Some of the most noteworthy Sydney Cup winners in the past 30 years include The Offer (2014), Jessicabeel (2010), and Makybe Diva (2004).

Past Sydney Cup Winners

Recent Sydney Cup winners and place-getters going back to 2000 are detailed in the below table.

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2024 TBD TBD TBD TBD
2023 Explosive Jack True Marvel Knights Order 3:26.9
2022 Knights Order Sheraz Daqiansweet Junior 3:32.2
2021 Selino Rondinella Miami Bound 3:23.1
2020 Etah James The Chosen One Raheen House 3:28.4
2019 Shraaoh Vengeur Masque Glory Days 3:22.0
2018 Who Shot Thebarman Zacada Sir Charles Road 3:20.0
2017 Polarisation Who Shot Thebarman Big Duke 3:29.1
2016 Gallante Libran Grand Marshal 3:24.5
2015 Grand Marshal Who Shot Thebarman Like A Carousel 3:24.7
2014 The Offer Opinion Sertorius 3:23.8
2013 Mourayan Norsqui Aliyana Tilde 3:24.2
2012 Niwot Efficient Once Were Wild 3:20.4
2011 Stand To Gain Older Than Time Solid Billing 3:29.1
2010 Jessicabeel Divine Rebel Harris Tweed 3:21.8
2009 Ista Kareem Divine Rebel Mr Tipsy 3:27.4
2008 No Wine No Song Pentathon Lang 3:25.5
2007 Gallic Irazu No Wine No Song 3:27.3
2006 County Tyrone Zabeat Three Chimneys 3:22.6
2005 Mahtoum County Tyrone Philosophe 3:27.6
2004 Makybe Diva Manawa King Mummify 3:21.2
2003 Honor Babe County Tyrone Grey Song 3:30.5
2002 Henderson Bay Mr. Prudent Spirit of Westbury 3:26.7
2001 Mr. Prudent Prophet’s Kiss Starina 3:26.9
2000 Streak Sharscay Ears’ Ronny 3:30.3